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Instruments Taught

Piano

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Casual £25.00

Keyboard

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Casual £25.00

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £30.00

Composition

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £35.00
Advanced £35.00
Expert £35.00
Casual £30.00

Music Production

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £35.00
Advanced £35.00
Expert £35.00
Casual £30.00

Music Technology

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £35.00
Advanced £35.00
Expert £35.00
Casual £30.00

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Personal Description:

I have developed into a thought-provoking and versatile composer. My compositional work during my master’s degree in Music Composition at the University of Surrey was awarded an Ableton Live prize for the unsurpassed compositional work at level 7. I also composed my first album, Evolution, consisting of 5 pieces that embody my musical evolution throughout my degrees and special experiences travelling across Europe.

I began my career as an electronic dance music producer and composer, releasing pieces through various independent record labels, most notably Simma Black. Since then, my music has progressed to more ambient and alternative electronic musical styles, fused with influences from Avant-pop and EDM. This evolution has coincided with my experimentation in live digital improvisation practices, from playing instruments in unconventional ways to live electronic performances using Ableton Live and controllers. I compose my pieces with the mindset that they have the capacity to be performed and reworked live. My aims are to utilise concepts, visuals and video as the inspiration and direction for future compositional work.

As well as my extensive work in composition, I have built vast experience as a DJ, performing at various clubs in London, Guildford and Bristol. I had a monthly residency at Pacha, London, alongside a residency at the University of Surrey’s student union club, The Livingroom as part of the Dance Music Society. Similarly, I have DJ’d at birthday parties of all ages, special events and conferences.

I took up the piano early on in my development, continuing through to my teenage years. At this time, I discovered music software that allowed me to compose, record, mix and export compositions. Hours of investigating and studying enabled me to undertake a Music and Sound Production BTEC course at college. After achieving distinction, I was accepted at University to study Creative Music Technology at undergraduate level. Once graduating, I spent a year freelancing, honing my compositional skills and building the foundations for a new musical direction. As a result, I then believed I was ready to take a master’s degree in Music Composition, graduating in 2018 with Distinction.

I am currently based in Surrey. I target to offer my expert knowledge and experiences with young, budding composer’s, producer’s and musician's through private tutoring and informative online articles.

I am able to cover the following areas: Coulsdon, Purley, Kenley, Redhill, Reigate, Merstham, Banstead, Epsom, Cheam, Sutton, Croydon, Selsdon, Waddon, Sanderstead, Warlingham, Addiscombe, Shirley, Carshalton, Wallington, Caterham, Whyteleafe, Godstone, Oxted and the areas surrounding.

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Tutoring Experience:

My experience in teaching includes, guest lecturing, presentations and private one to one teaching. Since completing my master's degree, I have performed a number of guest lectures at the University of Surrey, exploring various processes and techniques I have developed for live digital improvisation and composition. I have also given presentations and seminars, exploring the research I have conducted into the basics of generative music systems, my music processes and compositional techniques.

I have taught children from the age of 5 upwards, currently with a number of one-to-one sessions and small group lessons. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities, taking pride in seeing their progress and them reaching their goals.

I am also a WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) tutor running various courses for adult learners across the Surrey area.

I am fully enhanced DBS certified.

Tutoring Approach:

I offer tuition in the keyboard, music production, composition and music theory. I have built many years of experience through my studies at Master degree level and work within the music industry. I have had releases with record labels in the UK, Europe and USA, alongside composition and sound design work for multimedia projects. I am a Logic Pro and Ableton Live (music production) specialist.

My approach to teaching is supportive, encouraging and empathetic. Lessons are tailored to your personal interests and goals, exploring both the theory and practical applications of working techniques and practices.

Tuition sessions are held either one-to-one or in small groups (if there is a common level and subject interest between students), allowing for you to learn at your own pace and receive the resources and support that you require. I will also keep track of your progress so that your goals are always being pursued.

I teach people aged between 5-12 (juniors), teens and adults, from beginners all the way through to those working towards degree level.

Key Subjects:
• Music Production & Technology
• Keyboard & Piano
• Composition
• Music Theory (up to ABRSM Grade 5)

Lessons can take place either at my home studio or at your home/studio.

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • University of Surrey (2018) - Music Composition (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of Surrey (2015) - Creative Music Technology (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
  • East Surrey College (2012) - Music & Sound Production (College) (✘ Not On File)
  • Whitgift School (2010) - AS Level (Music Technology, Maths & English) (School) (✘ Not On File)

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